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is the federal government on?" rep. john lewis: i did ask the question. i did raise the question, "i want to know: which side is the federal government on? " because it appeared, in certain parts of the south, the federal government was not on the right side of history. it appeared that the federal government was not a sympathetic referee in the struggle for civil rights. we felt that the federal government could do more, the department of justice could do more, the fbi could do more, than just stand back and take pictures. we thought they could prevent some of the violence and protect people that were being arrested, being beaten and being killed. amy goodman: i'd like to play danny glover reading the excerpts of the speech that you didn't give. danny glover: "to those who have said, 'be patient and wait,' we must say that 'patience' is a dirty and nasty word. we cannot be patient. we do not want to be free gradually. we want our freedom, and we want it now. we cannot depend on any political party, for both the democrats and the republicans have betrayed the basic principles of the declaration o
, at least 10 states have passed laws that require people to show a government- issued photo id when they go to the polls. while supporters say the laws protect against voter fraud, others argue they're more likely to suppress voter turnout among people of color, the poor and proper id and find it harder to obtain one. in total, 16 states have passed restrictive voting laws that could shape the 2012 election, including the vital swing states of florida and pennsylvania. well, on monday, naacp president and ceo ben jealous made voting rights the center of his address to the group's annual convention in houston. >> we have a choice to make. we can allow this election to be stolen in advance, as politicians from pennsylvania and recently bragged about money thought no one was listening. talking about his state's voter id law. we can double down on democracy. and overcome the rising tide of voter suppression with a higher daughter of voter registration and mobilization and activation and protection. amy goodman: well, today we're joined by a leader of the civil rights movement who risked his lif
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